Forestry Act 2014

13.

Minister may require information

13. (1) The Minister may, for the purpose of the collection, preparation, publication and distribution of statistics relating to forestry, the investigation of alleged offences or compliance with the relevant statutory provisions, issue and serve a notice on the following persons:

(a) the owner or manager of a forest, requiring him or her to furnish to the Minister within 28 days or such longer period as may be specified in the notice, such particulars in relation to the forest, including the area, species, numbers and volumes of trees felled during a specified period, and such other information as may be specified in the notice;

(b) the owner or manager of a timber processing business, or a dealer in timber, requiring him or her to furnish to the Minister, within 28 days or such longer period as may be specified in the notice such particulars in relation to the source of supply, species, volume, potential end product, variety of timber sawn, converted, processed, bought, sold or otherwise disposed of by him or her during a specified period at the sawmill, factory or elsewhere, and such other information as may be specified in the notice.

(2) A statement or admission made by a person pursuant to a requirement under subsection (1) shall not be admissible in proceedings brought against that person for an offence.

(3) A notice under this section may require that any information supplied to the Minister shall be made in a format specified in the notice.

(4) A person to whom paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (1) applies who fails to comply with the notice shall be guilty of an offence and be liable, on summary conviction, to a class E fine.